Golden Valley fire chief turns in resignation

Tom O’Donohue

Tom O’Donohue

GOLDEN VALLEY - Golden Valley Fire Chief Tom O'Donohue turned in his resignation Friday to the GVFD governing board, marking the end of a five-year run as fire chief in Golden Valley.

"Today I placed the Board of Directors on notice that I will be resigning as the Fire Chief effective Nov. 1, 2015," said O'Donohue in a letter submitted to the Miner. "A select few, for their personal reasons, will be pleased I've decided to leave GVFD, most likely tied to some difficult, albeit necessary change in the organization or employment status they experienced as current or past employees or their close friends. Change is never easy."

O'Donohue held one of the longest tenures at the district in the past eight years. Seven fire chiefs have held the position since 2008.

According to O'Donohue, he's leaving the district in much better shape as an organization.

"We're a far better-trained organization. The professionalism inside, particularly among the officer ranks, is outstanding. The culture inside the department has been steadily getting better," said O'Donohue on Friday morning.

"That's because of quality people in the organization. I'll be leaving some colleagues and friends behind. I'll miss them."

O'Donohue will be taking a fire chief position at the Wittmann Fire District in Wittmann, Ariz. A new chief will be hired by the board of directors, but until that time Assistant Chief Jack Yeager will lead the district upon O'Donohue's departure.

O'Donohue says the district is in good hands, and that Yeager is "a phenomenal chief officer."